Celibidache: Mahler and Strauss

The Munich Philharmonic and Sergiu Celibidache share an exceptional legacy. He started his work as principal conductor in 1979 and remained in this position for as long as 17 years. Sergiu Celibidache played an integral part in making the Munich Philharmonic what it is today: an orchestra of worldwide renown. Today the Munich Philharmonic is critically acclaimed internationally with hopelessly sold out concerts in Munich and the world.

On their recently launched label MPHIL, the Munich Philharmonic is opening up its vast archives, giving listeners the opportunity to enjoy one of the richest collections of recordings by legendary artists. Because of the Celibidache era and its part in forming the core essence of the orchestra, this first MPHIL physical archive release consists of two recordings under the baton of Maestro Celibidache.

The chosen repertoire on the album is Gustav Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder, recorded 30 June 1983 at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich and Richard Strauss’ Tod und Verklärung, recorded on 17 February 1979 also at the Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich. For a long time, Tod und Verklärung was the most popular of Richard Strauss’s early tone poems. It contains a wide range of memorable motifs subtly differentiated with the result that its music recurs whenever there is mention of death or transfiguration in Strauss’ later output. Together with the innocent tone and positively artificial naïveté of the poems that attracted Gustav Mahler as a composer and prompted him to compose the Kindertotenlieder, this thoughtfully curated pairing creates an altogether intimate character while revealing an astonishing wealth of colours. Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder feature German mezzo-soprano Brigitte Fassbaender, who holds the prestigious title “Kammersängerin” from the Bavarian State Opera and the Vienna State Opera.


SERGIU CELIBIDACHE, conductor
BRIGITTE FASSBAENDER, mezzo-soprano
MÜNCHNER PHILHARMONIKER

Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children), song cycle for voice and orchestra based on poems by Friedrich Rückert
1. 1: Nun will die Sonn’ so hell aufgeh’n
2. 2: Nun she’ ich wohl, warum so dunkle Flammen
3. 3: Wenn dein Mütterlein
4. 4: Oft denk’ ich, sie sind nur ausgegangen
5. 5: In diesem Wetter, in diesem Braus
6. Applause

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24
7. Tod und Verklärung
8. Applause

 

Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the Death of Children), song cycle for voice and orchestra based on poems by Friedrich Rückert
RECORDING DATE 30 June 1983
RECORDING LOCATION Herkulessaal der Residenz, München
PRODUCER Wolfgang Schreiner
BALANCE ENGINEER Hans Schmid
MASTERING ENGINEER Christoph Stickel
REMASTERING PRODUCER Johannes Müller
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Münchner Philharmoniker / Bayerischer Rundfunk

Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration), op. 24
RECORDING DATE 17 February 1979
RECORDING LOCATION Herkulessaal der Residenz, München
BALANCE ENGINEER Gerhard von Knobelsdorff
MASTERING ENGINEER Christoph Stickel
REMASTERING PRODUCER Johannes Müller
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Münchner Philharmoniker / Bayerischer Rundfunk